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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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965 Reviews

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Reviews: 965
Hads: 2,221
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 22.04%
Wants: 87
Gots: 274 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought it would be heavy like Guinness, but was sadly let down. Still not bad tho... but was lacking that PUNCH of bitterness. Idk, kinda watered-down to me. Wouldn't turn it down tho.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Every bit as good as Guinness if not a bit better. Silky smooth and easy drinking. When I get to the Irish Stout section and see Murphy's next to Guinness I seem to grab Murphy's every time. yb

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Guinness' big rival, and fuller-flavoured little brother. It took me longer to get into this one, and for a few years, I found it just to rich and heavy. Not so now; in fact, it is arguably becoming my favourite beer.

Look - Same as Guinness Draught, though darker, with a bigger head.

Smell - Reminiscent of being in a seaside Irish pub - one can just imagine the little packets of brown sauce on the table, fresh fish and chips being prepared, the ever-changing weather outside. A bit of sourness in the scent, with a stronger roasted barley nose.

Taste - Full-flavoured. More bitter than Guinness, a bit of sour smokiness that lingers for a long time. Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee.

Feel - Where Guinness is milky, Murphy's is creamy. Rich, luxuriant.

Overall, a beautiful beer. Due to Canada's ridiculously bizarre liquor laws, it is absolutely unavailable outside of a good Irish pub that will likely charge one exorbitant prices for a pint of said beer. Truly tragic. If you can get it on tap somewhere, take it over Guinness and allow yourself some time to make acquaintance with it. You won't regret it.

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Photo of gspec
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer uses the Draughtflow technology just like what Boddington Pub Ale uses.
It's very dark brown with nice, creamy head.
The smell is decent, but the taste too watery for me. Overall, this is an ok beer.

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Photo of Capt_Pete
4.87/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draught pour in a branded glass in a local Irish pub. Appearance is outstanding with a completely black body and creamy head. The aroma is a rich milk-chocolate. The taste is a blend of caramel and malt, smooth and perfectly balanced. The feel is less heavy and less bitter than Guinness Draught. Overall a very drinkable stout and I'll do a "Clancy" with Guinness Draught if I want a little heavier stout.

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Photo of JonBeer
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You can't beat the beautiful head on this beer, or the creaminess in general. Just wished it had more overall flavor but I suppose that's the style. Can always dump in some cider... :)

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Photo of gopens44
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I hate to rate this beer (or any beer for that matter) as an apples to apples comparison to another, but given the similarities, with the widget and all, had to compare it to Guinness cans. Murphy's "widget" must not be on par with the Guinness widget as this didn't' give me nearly the massive upside down hourglass looking head to beer transformation. This also led to a less than full body when compared. Nose was muted as well. The taste though - more complexity than Guinness. Dark fruit and a little more nuttiness than it's contemporary.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a casacading thick beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, alcohol and mild coffee scents.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth full bodied. Taste of malts and coffee.

Overall: Excellent stout!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

14.9oz nitro can
A - super creamy tan head holds excellent retention atop a dark brown/near black ale
S - roasted barley, chocolate, earth
T - chocolate, roasted barley, creamed coffee, earthy hops
M - velvety nitro'd smoothness, light to medium body, finishes dry with same mild roast lingering
O - it's been a long time since I had a Murphy's. It's a good Irish dry stout, but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this stout. This is by far my favorite style of beer. But this stout just didn't tingle my toes. The beer does pour a gorgeous black color with an appealing tan head that has some pretty good staying power. That's about it. The rest was relatively meh. Watery feel, strong aftertaste, nothing that really impressed me outside of the low carbonation I do prefer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark opaque brown beer with a tawny foam. Smells of mild grain and chocolate. Taste is lightly chocolate, grain. Nice and smooth lightly sweet but with faint bitterness keeps it nice and dry. Lighter medium mouthfeel is creamy. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

14.9 oz nitro can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Pours with the tan nitro surge that moves to a dark brown/black with a two finger creamy head.

S - Chocolate, roasted barley.

T - Chocolate, a vague sweetness on the finish, with some dry hops and nut.

M - Creamy nitro-smoothness, minimal carbonation, slightly watery in the mouthfeel.

O - Goes down entirely too fast, sessionable, and a classic.

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Photo of BPirlot
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Irish Stout to date. Love the silk smoothness, almost like the texture of drinking chocolate milk. The light burnt nut taste is what really puts this one over the top for me. I stopped buying Guinness after tasting this one.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours black as a starless night. Nice nitro action producing a normal head volume, World Class retention and outstanding lacing.

Outstanding classic Irish stout nose with rich chocolate, a bit of roast and a touch of coffee over a caramel sweetness with a mineral note.

Very light watery body with just a hint of smoothness. Very slight effervescence in the finish. Normal for the style.

Like the body, the flavor profile is light in intensity, slightly complex and well balanced. It delivers a blend of chocolate and roast that flows to a mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades, caramel is detected underneath along with a nice dominate mineral note. The finish is a lingering mineral bitter note.

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Photo of rscp
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I won't say this is better or worse than bottled imperial or oatmeal stouts–its just a different style. At first I thought it was flat in comparison, but after a couple I slowly began to appreciate the silky smooth qualities that you won't find in most bottled stouts.


This beer is beautiful. The cascade effect and the stark contrast between the deep black body and the creamy tan head is gorgeous. If you're drinking this straight from the can you're really missing out. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful beer in a can or bottle.


Smells nice, not pronounced much. Roasty and malty with a little sweetness and bitter expresso.


Not quite as flavorful as an Old Rasputin per say, but its got a very enjoyable flavor profile. Sweet caramel at the beginning, a roasty coffee, and then a bitter, dry, chocolatey-expresso finish. Great balance of malts and hops.


This beer is liquid velvet on the tongue. Slight carbonation, milky, silky, medium light mouthfeel. Goes down too easy.


A great example of the style. If you like the nitro effect of a stout on draft, you ought to try this. Murphy's makes a great dessert beer that can be slowly enjoyed anywhere anytime. Additionally, its smooth mouthfeel and lower level of carbonation means that 2 or 3 of these could go down easier than you'd think.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can into a nonic pint.

You simply can't top the appearance on this brew. Creamy, thick as yogurt or a shake with an oatmeal color, the head is a spectacle. The way it sits atop the body is something mighty. There's a cascading effect from the nitrogen but then the body sits still as night. The color is deep brown approaching black. 5

Dark roasted malt on the aroma, but it's faint. Coffee notes, sweetness and a pungent mash aroma are mildly noticeable. 3.25

Plenty of flavor though. Chocolatey, tart, sweet cream, and coffee. All of these flavors are on the subtle side, very low-key. It's a nice tasting beer. 3.75

Dry but occasionally sweet, thinner in body than I was expecting from a nitro beer, but it has its creamy moments. There's a touch of tartness and an overall easy-drinking effect to this beer. I could put back many of this without a problem. 3.75

Good beer. I'll make a habit of picking a couple cans up from Trader Joe's regularly. Certainly worth it at the price.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Basically the same as Guinness in appearance. typical dark almost black colouration with a thick foam head of nitrogen bubbles . Heavy lace left all the way down the glass.

Smell - More complex than many in the style, good mild coffee aroma with sweet notes of toffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste - Much richer than Guinness with more evidence of a coffee and chocolate like bitterness some biscuit sweetness like a toffee and ginger cookie.

MF - Full bodied and creamy almost buttery in fact but this gives way to a very nice drying linger.

Overall - Very good in all camps with no scores below four and no element that flags. In terms of the style this one is better than the more famous and better known Guinness.

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Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours beautiful, decent tan head and tremendous!!! lacing. Aroma is mild and smells like creamy hot chocolate. Ok, this is where it turns south from here. This beer tries, but does not give it's best effort. I get hints of malt, hot chocolate and creaminess, BUT, it is like someone added water to my beer when I wasn't looking. This beer lacks the complexity that I expected. Very weak. Maybe a bad batch??, maybe not!!?

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Photo of RMan
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

If you think the U.S. Murphy's is good try a draft when you are in Ireland. It's smoother than a baby's butt. No aftertaste. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of cbish68
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

The Murphy's Irish Stout is a very dark, almost black stout beer with a very thick tan head and strong lacing left on the glass. Very deep roasted malt smell with tiny hints of coffee and chocolate. Very similar to Guinness but without the over powering coffee taste. An instant favorite.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Nitro can fills up with a dark beige creaminess, then separates into dark brown, almost black on the bottom, a finger of tan on the top, and 4 fingers of dark chocolate in between. Eventually the middle separates into dark brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Deep malts and Devonshire cream. Molasses, caramel, but mostly molasses with a creamy texture.

T: Creamy malty taffy and molasses, dark almost burnt bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue. I got a tinge of metallic as well.

M: Smooth creamy feel, the texture of whipped cream from the nitro head, and a smooth almost carbonation free bottom.

O: Really good brew. Wasn’t expecting the nitro, but found it to be a pleasant surprise. Found and drank in Chiang Mai. Drank on Oct. 9th, 2014.

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Photo of thechadwix
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: 1 inch head, light and creamy with a slight tinge of brown, the way freshly baked bread takes on a tinge of brown. Dark brown, almost opaque. Foam remains like a halo on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tinny, with a tinge of honey, albeit muted like most stouts.

Taste: Caramel on the front-end, with an iron-y finish and a mellow lingering, almost coffee-like, flavor.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout.

Overall: Good stout staple for sipping during a movie or pairing with music.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint nitro can into a shaker. A careful pour produces about an inch of creamy, velvety tan head. I can only see light through the beer by using my Mini-Maglite, and then only a distant red orb within a deep dark brown. The head reduces to about a half inch and sticks around for the duration.

Lots of mineral qualities in both the aroma and flavor, along with an underlying caramel-molasses and light, nutty, bittering hops. A certain perceived sweetness dissipates toward the finish, which is rather dry. Creamy mouthfeel yet with a light body overall.

A flavorful brew and very quaffable. I think it is definitely superior to the Guinness available in the U.S.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint on-tap in Gallagher's Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland (€5):
Dark brown to black with red tinges at the base. Creamy looking & still, thumb-sized head that's off-white with great retention & good lacing on the sides.

Roasted notes & earthy malts initially, some creamy notes & lactose coming through alongside some light coffee & touches of bitterness towards the end with a touch of chocolate too.

Roasted malts, a touch of coffee & the same chocolate that appeared in the aroma as well. I could detect some sweetness with hints of faint bitterness alongside some biscuit flavours.

Very smooth & goes down very easily from the start. Carbonation was very soft & the beer was quite dry with a faint bitterness that left you wanting to take another drink straight after the last.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one & it definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. Lighter, smoother & less bitter than Guinness, it's is a good alternative to that one with a solid taste to back it up. Can't wait to see how it tastes by the can since it's hard to find on draught in the UK these days.

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Photo of SFNC
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Nitro-can into a pint glass. A nougat coloured head over a deep, dark cola body. There is lots of action beneath the surface after the intial pour. Smells of roast, burnt toast and grain. The taste is mild, with coffee and chocolate undertones mixing with the burnt toast of the nose. The mouthfeel is creamy, but seems too thin and watery for a stout. Overall, it's not too bad, but there are better options out there.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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